Archives for January, 2014

Ask Ethan #22: The no-birthday paradox

“There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents, and only one for birthday presents, you know.” -Lewis Carroll It’s the end of the week once again, and so it’s time for yet another Ask Ethan column! This week, I was asked a wonderful math question by Keith H., who wanted to know: Among…

Ask Ethan #21: Why does life exist?

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” -Robert Frost Well, here we are, at the end of the week, and you know what that means: another Ask Ethan column! This week, I’ve been asked about the same thing by many different people, so I’ll credit it to Patrick E. and…

Ask Ethan #20: Is the Mars One crew doomed?

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” -Antoine de Saint Exupéry It’s the end of the week here, so it’s time for another Ask Ethan column! Today’s question…

“The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.” -Douglas Adams Even though our main blog…

“The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” -Mark Twain When you think about where all of this came from — back to the beginning of the Universe — there’s a good chance it makes you a little uncomfortable. For this week’s Ask Ethan, our one remaining column here on ScienceBlogs, our reader vvv…

A New Adventure for a New Year!

“Actually, I wasn’t happy or sad. I was medium. And medium is the happiest that I’ll ever be.” -Axe Cop It’s been an amazing journey over the years, sharing the joys and wonders of the Universe with you. From the smallest subatomic particles, the most fundamental interactions and the shortest timescales imaginable to the stars, galaxies,…